A FURIOUS dad has told of his terrifying ordeal on a Ryanair flight when a “totally slaughtered” holiday-goer was “hanging off an emergency exit door” mid-flight.
Alan Wild, 47, was travelling to Tenerife with his girlfriend and his 11-year-old stepson – but their flight from Manchester turned into a journey from hell.
Alan, an engineer from Cheshire, said they were sat in their seats when the boozed-up passenger boarded the flight on August 1.
He told the Sun Online: “We could hear some commotion going on at the front door…basically this guy got on the plane and was hammered.
“He got to the door and he was swearing at the cabin crew at the top of his voice to the point where my 11-year-old stepson commented on how drunk he was.
“He was telling them to p*** off and was being abusive and loud. But they didn’t stop him boarding the plane.
Alan told how the drunk passenger stumbled down the aircraft and, alarmingly, plonked himself down on the emergency exit aisle.
He said: “Some other passengers called a steward and said he shouldn’t be sat there…this guy couldn’t even put his seat belt on.
“If you read the emergency exit conditions, a legal requirement, you’ve got to be mobile, not hammered and in full control.
“But the cabin crew weren’t interested. They kept telling everyone ‘if it escalates we will deal with it’. So we went along with that.”
However, just 30 minutes into the flight, the sozzled passenger vomited all over himself and the aircraft.
Alan said: “You can imagine the smell. I saw his bag open…he had consumed three quarters of a bottle of whisky.
“The cabin crew left him covered in vomit for about 20 minutes. He was unable to deal with it himself, his friend was trying to sort him out.
“He then sat there spitting on the floor and hanging off the emergency exit door. His arms were all over it.
Everyone was sat there thinking ‘what is going on here’? Everyone was very frightened. Everyone within a 10-seat radius was well aware of the situation. It was awful.
“It was a nightmare. It made a four-and-a-half hour flight feel like twelve hours – everyone was terrified.”
The drunk passenger had been able to board the flight despite the duty-free booze ban imposed by the budget airline.
Alan revealed how Ryanair had emailed days before the flight warning not to bring any alcohol on board.
To police this, there was an extra search prior to getting on the plane – but this didn’t deter the “totally slaughtered” passenger.
The 47-year-old said he alerted the cabin crew but was told they had to deal with disruptive and drunk passengers on a daily basis.
To make matters worse when they finally touched down in Spain, Alan said everyone had to wait in a stiflingly hot shuttle bus for 20 minutes while the inebriated passenger was helped off the aircraft.
A spokesman for Ryanair said: “For the safety and comfort of our customers and crew we adhere to strict guidelines in relation to customers who are disruptive or under the influence of alcohol.
“In most circumstances customers who create a disturbance at check-in or the boarding gate are not permitted to board the plane.
“If a customer appears to behave in an unacceptable manner during a flight the crew will inform the Captain.
“The Captain and crew will then decide how to deal with the offending customer. Any customer who acts in a disruptive manner during a flight will be cautioned by the crew or Captain. If they continue to cause a disturbance the police will be alerted and will meet the flight on landing.
“We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused to the other passengers on this flight.”